Nov 9: InDesign

Quiz next class ( Nov 16 )

See Nov 2 for coverage.


  • InDesign tools
  • Importing text
  • Placing images
  • Text wrap
  • Creating PDFs


Using InDesign, create a 1-page guide explaining how to accomplish a task of your choice. Make sure the task you descibe has at least 5 steps. Create illustrations such as diagrams or photographs to illustrate the process. The task should be a real-world task, not a computer-based one.

The images can be digital photographs, vector art, or scans of hand-drawn imaged, but you must create them yourself. Submit a printout.

Points to keep in mind:

  • The end product is for print, not on-screen use. The usual range of body type size is 10-12 points.
  • Make sure the images are all your own work.
  • Pay attention to the order of steps and the hierarchy of information. Consider an orderly series of headings, subheadings, captions, etc.
  • Put your name on the front of the printout.
  • Remember that InDesign CC2015 files cannot be opened in CS2014 and older versions. If you need to work in older versions, save your files as "CS4 or later" (.idml) files.

Due in class, as printout, Nov 16

InDesign: Styles and Master Pages

  • Creating paragraph styles
  • Managing style overrides
  • Master page concepts
  • Page numbers

Written Assignment

Write a usability review of a web site.

The web site should be one that offers more than just content. E-commerce sites, social networking sites, etc are ideal. Fill in your topic in this form before starting; I must approve each topic. Sign up for a topic here.

  • Make sure to review the main functions of the site from the perspective of a user.
  • Think about what happens when things go wrong.
  • What's good?
  • What can be improved?
  • Consider recruiting other people to act as test subjects and observe them
  • Minimum length: 500 words.

Assignment resources

Upload a draft (text only, no formatting required) to the class web site by 6 pm , Nov 22.

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